Quotes About Opposites

Quotes tagged as "opposites" (showing 1-30 of 47)
John Steinbeck
“What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness.”
John Steinbeck, Travels with Charley: In Search of America

Jodi Picoult
“You couldn't have strength without weakness, you couldn't have light without dark, you couldn't have love without loss”
Jodi Picoult, The Tenth Circle

Lisa Schroeder
“When you meet someone so different from yourself, in a good way, you don't even have to kiss to have fireworks go off. It's like fireworks in your heart all the time. I always wondered, do opposites really attract? Now I know for sure they do. I'd grown up going to the library as often as most people go to the grocery store. Jackson didn't need to read about exciting people or places. He went out and found them, or created excitement himself if there wasn't any to be found. The things I like are pretty simple. Burning CDs around themes, like Songs to Get You Groove On and Tunes to Fix a Broken Heart; watching movies; baking cookies; and swimming. It's like I was a salad with a light vinaigrette, and Jackson was a platter of seafood Cajun pasta. Alone, we were good. Together, we were fantastic.”
Lisa Schroeder, I Heart You, You Haunt Me

“We, the unwilling, led by the unknowing, are doing the impossible for the ungrateful. We have done so much, for so long, with so little, we are now qualified to do anything with nothing.”
Konstantin Jireček

E.E. Cummings

"If freckles were lovely, and day was night,
And measles were nice and a lie warn't a lie,
Life would be delight,--
But things couldn't go right
For in such a sad plight
I wouldn't be I.

If earth was heaven and now was hence,
And past was present, and false was true,
There might be some sense
But I'd be in suspense
For on such a pretense
You wouldn't be you.

If fear was plucky, and globes were square,
And dirt was cleanly and tears were glee
Things would seem fair,--
Yet they'd all despair,
For if here was there
We wouldn't be we.”
E.E. Cummings

Hermann Hesse
“So you find yourself surrounded by death and horror in the world, and you escape it into lust. But lust has no duration; it leaves you again in the desert.”
Hermann Hesse, Narcissus and Goldmund

“I hadn't been able to trust since the age of four. I was torn between wanting to be cradled and telling the world to go fuck itself, and those were opposite sides of the same coin.”
Betsy Lerner, Food and Loathing: A Life Measured Out in Calories

Daniel Willey
“It is incorrect to assume that you cannot find any good in the point of view directly opposite yours.”
Daniel Willey

H. Rider Haggard
“Man doeth this and doeth that from the good or evil of his heart; but he knows not to what end his sense doth prompt him; for when he strikes he is blind to where the blow shall fall, nor can he count the airy threads that weave the web of circumstance. Good and evil, love and hate, night and day, sweet and bitter, man and woman, heaven above and the earth beneath--all those things are needful, one to the other, and who knows the end of each?”
H. Rider Haggard, She

Michael Moorcock
“Elric knew that everything that existed had its opposite. In danger he might find peace. And yet, of course, in peace there was danger. Being an imperfect creature in an imperfect world he would always know paradox. And that was why in paradox there was always a kind of truth. That was why philosophers and soothsayers flourished. In a perfect world there would be no place for them. In an imperfect world the mysteries were always without solution and that was why there was always a great choice of solutions.”
Michael Moorcock, The Elric Saga Part I

Lundy Bancroft
“Abuse and respect are diametric opposites: You do not respect someone whom you abuse, and you do not abuse someone whom you respect.”
Lundy Bancroft, Why Does He Do That?: Inside the Minds of Angry and Controlling Men

Criss Jami
“Faith, in its most correct form, never removes responsibility; it removes fear of responsibility. The results are complete opposites with the greater saying, 'God's will is my delight.”
Criss Jami

Wilkie Collins
“If you will look about you (which most people won't do)," says Sergeant Cuff, "you will see that the nature of a man's tastes is, most times, as opposite as possible to the nature of a man's business.”
Wilkie Collins, The Moonstone

“As contraries are known by contraries, so is the delights of presence best known by the torments of absence.”

Marie-Louise von Franz
“If we can stay with the tension of
opposites long enough —sustain it,
be true to it—we can sometimes
become vessels within which the
divine opposites come together and
give birth to a new reality.”
Marie-Louise von Franz

Ashly Lorenzana
“Experience is the opposite of education.”
Ashly Lorenzana

“The universe maintained a balance, moving first one way and then the other in a forever equalizing of opposites.”
Diana Lanham, House of Aegea

Dan Brown
“God created… light and
dark, heaven and hell—
science claims the same thing as religion, that the Big Bang created
everything in the universe with an opposite.
“Including matter itself, antimatter”
Dan Brown, Angels & Demons

David Halberstam
“Peterson thought it an unusual friendship, one only the Army could forge.”
David Halberstam, The Coldest Winter: America and the Korean War

“Without the bad, there would be no good.”

Dan Brown
“Energetically speaking, antimatter is the mirror image of matter, so the two instantly cancel each other out if they come in contact.
Keeping antimatter isolated from matter is a challenge, of course, because everything on earth is made of matter. The samples have to be stored without ever touching anything at all—even air.”
Dan Brown, Angels & Demons

Nessie Strange
“You’re not actually going to marry this fucktard, are you?” –Jack”
Nessie Strange, Living Dead Girl

John Fowles
“Love is the mistery between two people, not the identity. We were at the opposite poles of humanity. Lily was humanity bound to duty, unable to choose, suffering, at the mercy of social ideals.
Humanity both crucified and marching towards the cross. And I was free, I was Peter three times to renounce -- determined to survive, whatever the cost.”
John Fowles, The Magus

“Words were his delight;
Hers, a gay gracefulness
Of dancing and moving.
But when to the place
Of deep loving
(Starlight at midnight)
At last they came,
Their full communion
And consummation,
Their complete sphere,
Was stillness for her,
Silence for him.”
Theodore Spencer

Bryant McGill
“The trappings of success bring the opposite of success in the ways most meaningful to people's lives.”
Bryant McGill, Simple Reminders: Inspiration for Living Your Best Life

Juliet Marillier
“Water and Stone. Flesh and Bone. Night and Morn. Rose and Thorn. Tree and Wind. Heart and Mind.”
Juliet Marillier, Cybele's Secret

Solange nicole
“The rough must always accompany the smooth. Without one or the other one learns nothing about oneself.”
Solange nicole

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